Looking for something fun to do with the entire family this weekend, but not ready to stop social distancing and brave potential crowds? Then you might be interested to know that the Safari Drive Thru at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch will reopen Friday May 1st.

If you’ve never been before, you and your family remain in your cars and tour a 450-acre ranch filled with all sorts of exotic animals. You’ll see up to 30 different species during a six mile trip.

“We’re delighted to announce… ” an official statement on their website reads. “Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch (NBWR) is set to reopen its gates at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 1, after a temporary closure due to COVID-19. At this time, with the first phase of Texas’s reopening, visitors should be able to continue social distancing from the comfort of their own vehicle quarantine.”

The Trading Post (gift shop) will remain closed for now, but the onsite restaurant will be open for carry out only, with picnic tables spread out outside. While you can normally purchase feed for the animals, for now only the staff will be allowed to feed. The petting barn will also remain closed.

You can find information on admission here.

You can also watch the speech you’d normally get at the ticket window here to aid social distancing and minimize contact.


Lynn Miller